A Pausanias Commentary in Progress

An evolving, collaborative commentary on the Ἑλλάδος Περιήγησις (Description of Greece).

An evolving, collaborative commentary on the Ἑλλάδος Περιήγησις (Description of Greece).

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The experience of seeing a colossal gold-and-ivory statue of a divinity is comparable to experiencing a Wonder of the World, as Pausanias is moved to say indirectly at a later point, 5.10.1-2, 5.11.9-10, with reference to the statue of Zeus at Olympia. We read there the impression that Pausanias experiences when he sees at Olympia another colossal gold-and-ivory statue that matches in wonder what he saw earlier in Athens.
- Gregory Nagy on Pausanias 1.24.1-8

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